A very fine Grade II listed early Victorian former Vicarage of architectural and historical importance, situated in magnificent grounds in excess of 2.6 acre in the delightful and very desirable hamlet of Loves Green, within the Parish of Highwood, and easy reach of Fryerning and the City of Chelmsford.
The grounds are maintained in good order and this handsome period property has the benefit of bright and spacious accommodation, retaining many of the original period features.
From beneath a brick arched entrance a step rises to a fine oak front door with obscure frosted glazed inserts that opens to:-
Reception Hall -
A magnificent and most imposing entrance into this fine period family home. The 10'7 ceiling height adds to the feeling of space throughout. A sweeping staircase rises to a half landing above which is a tall feature arched stained glass sash window, drawing light into the first floor galleried landing. Ornate cove cornice to ceiling and decorative ceiling rose. Two radiators. Cupboard fitted beneath the staircase. Dado rail. Window to rear elevation. From here a multi-pane glazed door leads to the inner lobby which leads to the cloakroom, breakfast room, kitchen, utility and cellar.
Drawing Room - 5.97m x 4.65m (19'7 x 15'3)
This is a splendid reception room drawing maximum light through four sash windows fitted to two elevations. Decorative ceiling rose and ornate cove cornice to ceiling. Dado rail. Three radiators. A fine focal point to the room is a feature marble fireplace.
Dining Room - 5.94m x 4.65m (19'6 x 15'3)
A magnificent dining room illuminated by sash windows overlooking the expansive and well tended surrounding gardens. Ornate cove cornice to ceiling and decorative ceiling roses. Dado rail. Three wall light points. Bespoke hand painted wall paper. Charming marble fireplace. Two radiators.
Library - 5.18m into bay x 4.57m (17' into bay x 15')
A very fine room. Attractive shallow bay window facing a Southerly elevation with working shutters and direct views over the principal garden. Decorative ceiling rose and ornate cove cornice to ceiling. Radiator. Running along an entire wall is a fine antique-style book shelf with central glazed cabinets and cupboards fitted below. Feature period style wooden fire surround with slate hearth. Dado rail.
Study - 3.18m x 1.98m (10'5 x 6'6)
Situated at the rear of the property with sash window to the rear elevation with radiator fitted below. Cove cornice to ceiling and decorative ceiling rose.
As previously mentioned, a wood panelled multi-pane glazed door opens to an inner lobby which provides access to the ground floor cloakroom, breakfast room, kitchen, utility and cellar. From the inner lobby a door leads outside. Door to:-
A spacious cloakroom fitted with a low level WC with wooden seat. Heritage vanity wash hand basin with cupboard below. Feature windows to the rear elevation with a window seat fitted beneath one of them. Period style tiled floor. Radiator with heated towel rail. Door to:-
Cellar - 4.88m x 4.65m (16' x 15'3)
The cellar accommodates the oil fired boilers, meter and fuse boxes. Water softener. The cellar has been fitted with light and shelving.
Breakfast Room - 4.75m x 3.96m reducing to 3.71m (15'7 x 13 reducing to 12'2)
This room opens to the kitchen. Radiator. Two sash windows to the front elevation and one to the rear. Cove cornice to ceiling. To one recess is a built-in book shelf with cupboards below. A door opens to a staircase that rises to first floor accommodation which lends itself very well to a staff/dependent relative/guest wing. Arch opens to the:-
Kitchen - 4.75m x 2.74m (15'7 x 9')
A very well appointed kitchen comprehensively fitted with a fine quality range of oak carved units that comprise base cupboards, drawers and matching wall cabinets with concealed downlighting along four walls. A long rose granite worktop incorporates a porcelain double butler style sink unit with ribbed granite drainer with period mixer tap. Separate drinking water tap. Integrated appliances to remain include a four ring electric hob and Aga with tiled surround and dishwasher. Spotlights and cove cornice to ceiling. Feature arch window overlooking the tennis court and additional window to the front. Door to:-
Utility Room - 2.69m x 1.96m (8'10 x 6'5)
A very generous companion to the kitchen/breakfast room fitted with a matching rose coloured marble effect roll edge worktop that incorporates a stainless steel circular single drainer sink unit with mixer tap and tiling to walls behind. Tall cupboard fitted with shelving. Space and plumbing for washing machine and space for American style fridge freezer. Glazed stable style door leads outside. Tiling to full ceiling height. Window to rear elevation. Radiator.
First Floor Galleried Landing -
A magnificent and spacious landing. Access to loft storage. Feature decorative ceiling rose. Ornate cove cornice to ceiling. Dado rail. Radiator. Door to airing cupboard that contains hot water cylinder and slatted shelving.
Bedroom One - 4.88m x 4.57m (16' x 15')
A magnificent master bedroom overlooking the expansive grounds with radiator below. Spotlights to ceiling. Cove cornice to ceiling. An attractive feature is a Victorian style fireplace. Two ranges of bespoke fine quality fitted wardrobes provide ample hanging and shelving space. Three wall light points. Two radiators. Door to:-
En-Suite Bathroom -
A luxuriously appointed room that contains a four piece suite that comprises a vanity wash hand basin set within a marble top with fine quality light wood cupboards and drawers below and bespoke cabinets fitted above, close coupled WC, wide tiled shower enclosure. and panel enclosed bath with ornate surround. A tall heated towel rail. Sash window to side elevation. Radiator. Spot lights and cove cornice to ceiling.
Bedroom Two - 4.70m x 3.91m (15'5 x 12'10)
A bright and spacious bedroom with two sash windows facing the principal grounds. Radiator. Running along an entire wall are a good quality range of floor to ceiling wardrobes with cupboards fitted above providing practical storage space.
Bedroom Three - 4.72m x 3.91m (15'6 x 12'10)
A most pleasant dual elevation bedroom with three sash windows fitted to two elevations. Oak strip floor. Two radiators. Wooden fireplace.
Bedroom Four - 4.14m x 3.56m (13'7 x 11'8)
Another very spacious bedroom with sash windows fitted to the front elevations with radiator between. Door to wardrobes with dressing table adjacent with drawers below.
Shower Room -
The shower room contains a tiled shower enclosure, close coupled WC, wall mounted wash hand basin with mixer tap. Wood panelling to walls. Radiator. Spotlights and cove cornice to ceiling. Sash window to side elevation.
From the landing a door opens to an inner hall. Window fitted to the rear elevation. Radiator. As previously mentioned a staircase descends to the breakfast room.
Bedroom Five/Servants Quarters -
This suite comprises of a sitting room that opens to a bedroom with an en-suite bathroom adjoining. This part of the property lends itself very well to a staff/dependent relative/guest wing.
Sitting Room - 3.43m x 3.12m (11'3 x 10'3)
Window to rear elevation with radiator below. Victorian style fireplace. A door opens to the:-
Bedroom Area - 4.78m x 2.67m (15'8 x 8'9)
This is a dual elevation bedroom with windows fitted to the rear and side elevations. Two radiator. Fitted wardrobe provides hanging and shelving.
En-suite Bathroom -
The en-suite bathroom contains a panel enclosed bath with Victorian style mixer tap, wall mounted shower attachment and glass shower screen. Pedestal wash hand basin with mixer tap and tiled splashback. Close coupled WC. Curved heated ladder style towel rail. Window to front elevation. Spotlights to ceiling. Door to airing cupboard incorporating hot water cylinder and slatted shelving.
The Grounds -
The situation of this house is magnificent, within 2.6 acres of well tended surrounding gardens. Facing south, the principal gardens are lawns, studded by a variety of mature specimen trees and well screened with natural hedging that provides privacy and seclusion. To the rear of the property is a fine garden wall with roses planted, mature fig and apple tree. From the kitchen there is a small terrace capturing the morning light. A fenced hard tennis court makes a delightful feature. The Old Vicarage is accessed via a sweeping gravelled carriage driveway with electronically operated, remote controlled, wrought iron gates at either end. The gravel sweep in front of the house provides ample parking for numerous cars and access to garages and outbuildings. In fact, there are four secure garages with two car ports and an external staircase rises to an area fitted above the garage which is illuminated by two dormer windows that could very well serve as a workshop, home office or children's playroom, if required. The structure also accommodates a large garden store and workshop, in a addition to a gardener's lavatory.